Read our current issue by clicking on the cover below. Read Light‘s poems of the week
by Alex Steelsmith
“Senators embrace AI on the farm… Artificial intelligence is already
[allowing] tractors to identify weeds and tailor herbicide spraying…”
New MacDonald has a farm;
Nothing fails to grow.
Why are weeds not causing harm?
by Gail White
“Officials estimate that about 170 hippos… now roam Colombia, and the population could grow
to 1000 by 2035, posing a serious threat to the country’s ecosystem.”
—The New York Times
Within this Latin nation,
could be in overdrive.
The numbers keep on soaring
and posing threats of doom
with hippocrits ignoring
the hippo in the room.
Who knows where this is leading?
We have a lot to lose,
so daily I’ll be reading
by Julia Griffin
“Scientists say mystery of how red wine headaches occur may be solved…
A flavanol called quercetin… is processed in the body into various substances.
One of these, quercetin glucuronide, turned out to be particularly effective at blocking
the enzyme that converts acetaldehyde into acetate.”
A flavanol known as quercetin,
As is clear to the veriest cretin,
Turns its glucuronide
Which explains why red wine does your tête in.
by Marshall Begel
“Agency workers turn [invasive] carp into double agents by capturing them, implanting transmitters
and tossing them back. … Carp often clump in schools in the spring and fall. Armed with the traitor
carp’s location… anglers can head to that spot, drop their nets and remove multiple [invasive] fish
from the ecosystem.”
I’ve gathered together the carp of our shoal
Because I suspect we are hiding a mole!
I don’t think that I’m overstating the threat—
There’s too many times we’ve encountered the net.
Now, Hook-Lip, I’m confident you’re not the spy.
I’ve swum next to you since before we were fry!
The Silver-Fin Brothers may have their own school,
But that doesn’t make them a fisherman’s tool.
Antenna-Head, here, has been scouting around,
But says there aren’t obvious clues to be found.
So keep alert—it’d be a shame if we built a
Community just to be ground to gefilte!